The Whistleblower film

Could speaking English empower female sex trafficking victims to escape?

I rarely talk about the practical life-saving applications of speaking another language. But the topics of female sex trafficking and bride kidnapping make me wonder about how speaking another language, particularly English, could liberate...

Don’t fault innovative musicians!

Instead of criticizing people who are risk takers, we should be applauding their efforts because if we don’t innovate, these languages are going to die.
video

La Covid n’est pas une fake news (Français/French)

Derrière chaque statistique d'hospitalisation ou de décès Covid, vous trouverez de nombreuses personnes comme moi qui ont un membre de la famille, un ami, un collègue ou un voisin hospitalisé avec la Covid. Ceux...

Bride kidnapping in Central Asia, Is an English speaking woman less likely to be...

Talking about learning English using music and media at the American Corner, Kant, Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz flag on wall. In the past year, I’ve been paying more attention to reaching out to girls...
Lenin in Kyrgyz kindergarten

Russian as a colonial language: native Russian speaker sees her language anew

Although I knew that the Russian Empire and Soviet regime spread the Russian language to the countries that were once part of the Russian empire and Soviet Union, I only recently truly felt the...
video

Covid no es una shaká (Ladino/Judeo-Spanish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3n9NItk3Ac Detras de kada estadistika de muerte o eshpitalizasion de Covid, ay munchas personas komo yo, ke son parientes, amigos, haveres o vizinos de alguno ke se topa eshpitalizado kon Covid. Akeyos que no...
Confessions of an Economic Hit man

Living in the middle of many worlds

Are you multilingual and looking for a job? How about being a spy or economic hit man? Candidate character description: Multilingual, sensitive to other cultures, can mix with local populations in difficult areas around the world,...
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Covid não é brincadeira (Português/Portuguese)

Por trás de cada estatística de hospitalização ou morte da Covid, tem muitas pessoas como eu que são parentes, amigos, colegas ou vizinhos de alguém que está hospitalizado com a Covid. Aqueles que não...

Why culture and language matter

My friend Eric Blaisdell painted these drawings when he was teaching English in Japan to show important it is to learn cultural norms when in a foreign country. In the case of the clueless...
barriers

Political barriers shouldn’t be linguistic barriers

I was recently in the former Yugoslavia as an election observer in Macedonia and was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to use Serbo-Croatian to communicate with various people: a Slovenian diplomat, an...

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